18 May, 2024

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Netanyahu’s Divine License For Gaza Genocide

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

The Zionists indeed learnt well from the Nazis. So well that it seems that their morally repugnant treatment of Palestinians, and their attempt to destroy Palestinian society within Israel and the occupied territories, reveals them as basically Nazis with beards and black hats” ~ (Norman Finklestein)  

Amidst a chorus of worldwide voice of protests and criticisms against the indiscriminate killing of thousands of men, women and children in Gaza; merciless destruction of houses, hospitals, churches, mosques and educational facilities; and barbaric denial of food, water, electricity and fuel to the entire population of Gaza, Prime Minister Netanyahu realized that he had to convince at least his own people whose support is waning, why that genocide was necessary. One should remember that his government is a coalition of seven parties of far-right factions that recently faced weeks of public protests against government’s interference with judiciary. There is also within Israel a strong progressive peace-loving element and humanitarian groups like B’Tselem that are critical of the government’s indiscriminate violence and apartheid policies against Palestinians. Hence, Netanyahu decided to address the nation and reminded the people of what happened to the Biblical Amalekites when they attacked the Jews after crossing the Red Sea and encamping in Rephidim in Sinai Desert. The story goes that Moses commanded Joshua to take an elite of soldiers the next day to fight against the attackers and the Jews defeated the Amalek at the end. Following that victory God was said to have promised to completely wipe out even the memory of Amalek from earth and to wage war against them in every generation and until eternity. The story concludes that God’s name and throne would not be complete until the Amalek were destroyed. This Biblical story advanced to justify the genocide in Gaza also fits into the dehumanizing vocabulary of Netanyahu and his acolytes about Palestinians, and Israel’s determination to wipe them out from the earth. Does it mean Israel has a divine right to exterminate Palestinians? Let the Bible experts explain the relevance of this ancient episode for Netanyahu to justify his genocide.

On another occasion he also tried to justify the killing of children and civilians by citing an incident in 1944, when the British Royal Airforce tried to bomb the Gestapo in Copenhagen, but missed the target and bombed a children hospital instead. In that incident children were the unintended victims. But Israeli army had been targeting children and killing them just for throwing stones at army vehicles. However, Netanyahu’s selective reading of history to find excuses for policy dictated crimes should not go unpunished. But who will punish him and his cabal of exterminators? 

Haaretz, the most respected weekly publication in North America said in one of its editorials, “The Disaster that befell Israel on the holiday of Sima Chat Torah is the clear responsibility of one person, Benjamin Netanyahu”, and it went on to add that he “ … completely failed to identify the dangers he has consciously leading Israel into when establishing a government of annexation and dispossession”. And Gideon Levy, a respected senior Journalist insisted in a TV interview that, “Israel should lift the siege and call off the plan for ground invasion of Gaza”.  Gideon also felt that at the end of this war, Netanyahu and his war cabinet would pay a heavy prize for what they had done. War crimes against the prime minister and his chief consultants are piling up by the day.  What is more, Israelis themselves are now asking for a full disclosure of what happened on 7th October. They obviously smell a rat.       

This was not the first time that Israel attacked Gaza. According to B’Tselem, in the previous four military operations of 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2021 Israel killed a total of 7759 of which 1741 were children and 572 were women. And according to another source, between October 9 and 26 2023, 7028 had been killed of which 2913 were children and 1709 were women. This means and according to the same source, just in 18 days more Palestinian children had been killed than in the past 23 years. Is this what Netanyahu called “justified vengeance”? In her interview with Georger Yancy of TRUTHOUT, the Jewish Professor Judith Butler of University of California aptly summed up what is going on in Gaza. “This is not a “conflict” between two parties” she said, “but a form of violent dispossession that dates back to 1948, if not before, and constitutes not a new Nakba, but the continuation of one that has never stopped for millions of people”. 

More than a million so far are said to have left their homes from south of Gaza, and hundreds have been killed in the West Bank also. There is news that Egypt is preparing to open the narrow Rafah crossing in Sinai for the stranded Gazans. It appears that Israel is prepared to write off a part of Egypt’s financial debt in return for accommodating Gazans. Is the world going to witness the Palestinians ending in Sinai just as Jews crossed the Red Sea and encamped there? But where is the new Moses, may we ask.     

It is heartening to learn that Chile and Colombia had recalled their respective Ambassadors from Israel, and Bolivia too had suspended all connections with that government. Of the Arab countries, only Jordan has announced the withdrawal of its ambassador. Saudi Arabia has only condemned Israel’s atrocities. Why are the Arab rulers so meek in confronting Israel? Are they still thinking of honeymooning with Israel to satisfy the grand master US? The gulf between the wishes of ordinary Arabs and their rulers are widening. In the 1980s and after the Iranian revolution there was widespread cry in the Arab as well as Muslim world for a New Islamic Order. It died down prematurely. In 2011, the Arab Spring broke out in Egypt demanding ‘bread and honour’ and spread to other parts of the Arab world demanding democracy. Once again, the old order was restored with a vengeance and Arab Spring ended in winter. Now Netanyahu is turning Gaza into ashes, dead bodies are buried along roadsides, and the living are on the move. FBI Chief in US warns of domestic terrorism resulting from the mayhem in Gaza. But would the Arab world explode before that?   

*Dr. Ameer Ali, Murdoch Business School, Murdoch University, W. Australia

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    It is a very complicated issue. Will Hamas support a two-State solution? They don’t even want to free Palestine. That’s not the kind of movement they are. Hamas isn’t a Palestinian national movement. The Palestinian Authority and the Hamas are bitter rivals. Hamas is a radical Islamist organization, like ISIS. Their goal is an Islamic caliphate across the Middle East without Jews, without Christians, even without moderate Muslims. Moreover, Jerusalem is another hot issue. Both parties are claiming for it. Now Iran appears to withdraw from the Gaza scene. Are any Islamic countries including Pakistan and the South-East Asian Islamic countries ready to accommodate the Palestinian refugees. Only UAE has come forward to medically treat the Palestinian children. At the same time Pakistan has ordered the 1.9 millions of Afghanistans to leave their country. When Muslims are not united within themselves, the best solution is a Two-State solution. In my view the Islamic Organizations should give up fanaticism. They should learn to co-exist with others. Otherwise there will be destruction.

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      Ayathuray RajasingamA
      No, it is not a complicated issue. If you have done a brief research on Palestine, you won’t write that comment.
      1. What Israel is trying to do is”forced displacement” of Palestinians which is a war crime. They have successfully done this before. Palestine is stateless not landless. What Israel attempts to do is deny Palestine their land, so that the question of a two-state solution will not arise.
      2. In 1948 and 1967, over one million Palestinians were forcibly expelled from Palestine and they were never allowed to return home.
      3. At present, there are over six million Palestine refugees who were denied their rightful place in Palestine. I read somewhere that there were 4.7 million Palestinians in Gaza in 2017.
      4. Now, in 2023, Israel plans another ethnic cleansing in Palestine through forced evacuation, mass killings, home, hospital and refugee camp demolition and forceful displacement. This time, Palestinians have decided to stay back to prevent ethnic cleansing. I don’t think Arab/Muslim countries want to contribute to Israel’s heinous attempt to ethnically cleanse the Palestine territory.

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        Oh, one point is missing. The latest.
        5. Israel is planning to open a new “open-air prison” in the Sinai peninsula in Egypt for the newly displaced Palestinians.

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      Vast Majority of Muslims in the world want Israel destroyed. This is the fourth attempt to do so. All this talk of liberating Palestine is bogus. Before 2001 Twin tower bombing, Pakistanis were openly campaigning distributing literature in the pavements of London about creating Islamic Caliphate encompassing the entire world led by Pakistan. After that incident, they have disappeared from the streets, but that does not mean that they have given up their program. Genocide of Hindus and Christians is happening in Pakistan, about which the writer is turning a blind eye. Turks had committed Genocide of Armenians in the first world war and prior to that Assyrians and Greeks. Israel came into existence according to Biblical prophecy and has divine protection, which no Islamic fanatic can disrupt. This is the beginning of the downfall of Islam.Next holocaust in Europe will be against Muslims.

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        “Israel came into existence according to Biblical prophecy and has divine protection, which no Islamic fanatic can disrupt. “

        Here in the real world, Israel is protected by the US arms and taxpayer money. You say the next holocaust will be against Muslims in Europe, given the first holocaust was against Jews committed by Europeans, what does that say about Europeans? Your deep anti-Muslim prejudice is blinding you against the real perpetrators of violence. You are clearly missing the pattern here!

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        Gnana,

        “Next holocaust in Europe will be against Muslims” It will start with Muslims but will eventually lead to other non whites as well. Your anger against Muslims is because they are against a Tamil separate /Federal state. No matter how hard you try Muslims will never be eliminated. Also The state of Israel can not be eliminated as well.

        Anyway how is your knighthood coming along? You really are a …

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      You are again parroting the Israeli/American propaganda. The fact is Israel was never committed to the two-state solution and has for decades continued to build illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank whilst brutally suppressing Palestinian national aspirations both in the West Bank and Gaza with the help of the US and other western countries. While Hamas can be considered an extremist group, they are no more extremist than the state of Israel, a state built on Zionism, an ideology based Jewish supremacy. It is amazing that supporters of Israel around the world are quick to condemn Islamic extremism (no issue with that) but accept other default forms of extremism.
      The question of why other Muslim/Arab countries are not taking in Palestinian refugees is ridiculous. The Palestinians have already given up 78% of their land to settler colonists and now the other Muslim/Arab countries are at fault in not allowing the Palestinian to lose their remaining land and homes?? Listen to yourself, those who support Israel continue to ask the Palestinians to do something no other people will be asked to do. The plight of Palestinians remains solely the fault of Israel and those who continue to support it.

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      It is not about Hamas now.
      Israel has waged war on Gaza.
      Whether Hamas agrees to a 2-state or 1-state solution is immaterial as the conflict was the outcome of Israeli aggression and destruction in Palestine.
      Things are only as complicated as we wish to make them to avoid solutions..

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    Bibi reporting to Biden: As you are already aware, we plan to kill 2.3 million Hamas commanders in Gaza. So far, we have killed 8,800 Hamas commanders including 3,600 child commanders and over 2,000 Abaya commanders.
    Biden: Go ahead! Genocide is self-defence. We did it before you. We set the rules of international law. So, you are exempt from war crimes investigations.
    Bibi: Genocide is expensive. Thank you for your $14 billion new Genocide Charity Fund.
    Biden: Don’t mention. What is next?
    Bibi: Sinai peninsula! I will tell you a secret. There are Hamas commanders there hiding behind Sinai sand! This is a long war.
    Biden: Keep in touch. I may retire by then. (sigh) Austiiiiin, this is good marketing for our outdated Patriot missile system. (Austin high-fived Biden.)

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      Champa

      Your enthusiasm for killing, massacre, war crimes and genocide has got the better of you.

      “…. we plan to kill 2.3 million Hamas commanders in Gaza.”

      Population estimate for 2023 is 2.3 Million, (Ruth Michaelson
      Sun 15 Oct 2023, The Guardian, UK)

      Are you suggesting the entire population of Gaza strip falls under the category of Commanders?

      PS
      Commander
      1. a person in authority, especially over a body of troops or a military operation.
      2. a member of a higher class in some orders of knighthood.

      If all of the people are commanding who is fighting for Gazan?

      By the way why don’t you send Shavendra, Kamala, …….. and 360,000 of their fellow commanders to train the IDF to fight the Gazans by one hand is being tight back yet winning the war, ……. ?

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        Native, Champa is not alone. Is this hysterical or intentional ?? In SB Lanka , every Tamil was considered a terrorist, hence Champa calls every Palestinian a Hamas Commander. ( isn’t it same as Israeli allegation ?? )

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          Chiv,
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          Every Tamil in SB Lanka was considered a terrorist, so Champa calls every Palestinian a Hamas Commander. (Isn’t that the same as the Israeli charge??)
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          I really don’t know why you are exaggerating here? Why should we be hyperchondriacs?
          Every Tamil in SB Lanka was considered a terrorist, so Champa calls every Palestinian a Hamas Commander. (Isn’t that the same as the Israeli charge??)
          .
          I really don’t know why you are exaggerating here? Why should we be hyperchondriacs?😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

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        native vedda
        chiv
        I recommend you to write Sri Lanka’s Grade 5 Scholarship Exam Paper 1 (generic skills) and see whether you can get a pass mark.

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    Sinhala Buddhist Intellectuals are masters in degrading journalism just like they possess excellent grades in corrupting & destroying every human welfare aspect.
    Champawati’s this writing is a sample that indicates not just where Langkang is standing currently, but where it will soon be, on its path to the miracle of 2048.
    Everybody knows the protagonist is the queen of gutter journalism, punch dialog writing, spreading fake news and conspiracy theories. Now what is she trying to prove beyond that?

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      This is a war between Jews supported by most Christian countries against Muslim countries supported by communists. There are two possible outcomes of this war:
      1. Israel will suffer death and destruction, but emerge victorious. Gaza and west bank will be ethnically cleansed putting an end to Palestinian problem. In the process Muslim countries in the middle east will suffer death and destruction, and will never recover from it.
      2. Due to the concerted action of Muslim countries, Israel will be pushed to the brink of extinction. At that moment, Jews will take the “Samson option”, and destroy all the Muslim countries around with nuclear warheads before themselves going down.
      In both scenario, it will be lose-lose situation for Muslims. There will be divine justice to Assyrians, Canaanites, Coptics, Sumerians and Elamites who suffered under Islamic racists.

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        Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam

        “Gaza and west bank will be ethnically cleansed putting an end to Palestinian problem. “

        It is not a Palestinian problem but a combination of many problems imposed on Palestinians and the Muslims population. A noisy minority American religious nutters believe in ……. all kinds of nutty visions, including Apocalypticism, Western Zionist believe in Ethnic cleansing of Palestinians, British colonialism, European genocide, …………. Terrorism by Irgun and Stern Gang, ….. the Heroes (Sharon) of Sabra and Shatila massacre, …

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    While these Abrahamic religious zealots are destroying the world and destroying each other godless CCP is rebuilding the world. I was in Phnom Penh 2 days ago and you have to see it to believe it(how it has changed from 30 years ago when I was last there)

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    Very sad. Muslim intellectuals were silent on Srilankan Genocide

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    Very sad. Muslim intellectuals were silent on Srilankan Genocide
    Some were even supportive.
    State terrorism anywhere is dipolarable.

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    From the start of the Hamas-Israel war, we have been on the side of those who advocate for Israel’s right to defend it. On the opposite side, Palestinians have their right to protest or carry peaceful activities to advance their calls, too. But it is with the assumption that warring parties would follow the UN’s protocol.
    Hamas, which is heavily riddled with foreign Jihadis, cannot be accepted as fighting for Palestinian’s rights. Unfortunate situation is Hamas has earned the upper hand in Gaza advocating and/or practicing violence. This has inserted a wedge between Palestinians and the countries who can use pressure on Israel and force the warring parties to mind engagement rules. Israel did not bomb the Al Ashal Hospital. But it bombed a refugee camp. If Israel is planning to bomb and eradicate Gaza, then why did it go into Gaza to have a ground invasion. Israel should stop bombing now and concentrate on ground fighting. Countries supporting Israel militarily too must stop supporting bombing but should help the war to shape into search and destroy Hamas on the ground.

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    Israel did not give enough time for the IC to negotiate with Egypt and take care of refugees who cannot remain in Gaza for some reasons. Israel did not give time for foreigners to leave their country by Egypt. At least, it did not open one of its borders to such an exit. Because there was space in time to delay the war, Israel should have waited and allowed ICRC, Doctors with borders like organizations to bring their facilities to the war front and they take care of the part they play in humanitarian activities. Those are part of Israel’s obligations to justify the war and receive mental support for a war. Israel’s actions should not amount to arresting INGOs’ activities in Gaza. Israel should not engage in activities that are rendering that in future Palestinian will not be left with any means to rebuild their lives, nor Palestinians’ feeling should be reduced as soulless-selfless slaves on the earth after the cruel war. Israel should demonstrate by its action that it will remain as a friendly neighbor with a prospering Palestine, after war. While Israel insists on its security, it should be wise enough to care for the neighborhood’s future tranquility. Otherwise, this war will fail in achieving Israel’s security objectives. After war Palestinians should be able to come to the feeling, “it is ok the suffering we went through, because we will be happy in future”.

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    Today I read some news in Tamil media. The UOJ had organized a speech from an external lawyer. This lawyer had expressed negative opinions about LTTE in public media. This was not in line with the Tamil mainstream opinion, especially the younger generation, who are repeatedly reminded by Langkang governments that they are won in the war, so should accept the overrule of the Sinhala Buddhists. At this time the lawyer lady’s lecture stand was canceled because it was not acceptable for the students’ union because of the personal opinions the lady has about LTTE. It seems this lady lawyer has no Rapist Army’s or Bald Heads backup so to enter the university forcefully and have her lecture delivered, as in the past (even some government supported NGO’s) went with Rapist army protection and carried out what all they wanted. Before those lectures, students were let know that failing to attend these fully will jeopardize their education and additional matters. By such actions, the students have been reduced as “bodies walking around with raw emotions but cannot open their eyes for what is happening in the international education organizations, outside of Langkang”.

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      Dr Ali,
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All the facts are supported by Muslim sources.
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Looks like you are lying to your audience by omitting many facts. This omitting of facts are deliberate and supporting the Muslims cause started by prophet Muhammad.
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First fact is prophet Muhammad came to power with the help of Arabic Jews and Christians Tribes. He killed all the polytheistic people of the land such as the Hindus and the Zoros.
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Second fact is when Arabic Jews and Christians rejected him as prophet he ordered the followers of him to exterminate them and formed the Muslims to be one nation. (Looks like Genocide)
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Third fact is when he found more followers he commanded them to make the whole area under Muslim rule and eventually the world. The verdict was if they disagree to be under Muslim rule and pay money to them, kill them or get rid of them at any cost. (Looks like Genocide)
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Fourth fact is Arab did not mean you were a Muslim and in fact in Quaran and Hadith both recognised the land of the Jews and the people of the book. After the falling out of their support only the Muslims are born. Hence, getting rid of Jews and Christians are a priority as per your daily prayers when you say ‘don’t make me like the Jews or the Christians’ (sounds like Genocide)


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    Just to mention one such occasion, during Yahapalanaya time Evil Emperor was invited to give a speech at Oxford. The man went there without preparing a history-based speech but poured his hate towards 70 years ago colonial treatment. But those students showed maturity and attended the presentation with all respects. The UOJ students’ union must understand that they should not be molded by Appe Aanduwa’s anti-Tamil propaganda. The opinion on LTTE matters for Tamil community is the opinion from those we are asking for the International Investigation for Genocide/War crime. The Students Union must play its role to persuade the IC to set up a forum (ICC) and listen to the parties and deliver justice. They should not dance for the Aanduwa’s teasing in half-baked manner. To fix the situation VC and the head of the Law Division must arrange for the speech again and talk with the students and should convince the students that individual’s opinion doesn’t matter because all the wrong opinions can be modified by appropriate actions, so they should attend to the lecture.

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    The growth education can bring to students is respecting the opinions of others. We know Galileo Galilei and Darwin talked against the total societies’ opinions but in the end, it was their individual opinions that prevailed. Israel is obligated to take example from yesterday’s incident in the University of Jaffna. They should care to win the war without making permanent enmity of Palestinians unlike the Appe Aanduwa has done in Langkang. This will defeat the purpose of the war in which Israel, like Langkang, is spending resources and losing human souls. Today, Langkang is a bankrupted country by spending $ 400B and 62,000 Rapist Army rankers on the war but they understand they defeated only LTTE, but LTTE’s dream “self-rule” is alive and well within the Tamil community.

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    The Israel – Palestine conflict is a colonialism vs anti-colonialism one, hence, Israel is mostly supported by western nations with their brutal colonial history whilst the developing world or Global South mostly sides with Palestinians. Israel and its supporters attempt to portray it as a religious struggle to sway and attract the support of non-Muslims around the world and appeal to their deepest prejudices. The support of ‘Christian’ but strongly anti-colonial South America is proof of Palestine’s anti-colonial struggle!.

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      RK
      In South America, religion does not play the role that it did some decades ago.
      It is the revival of the left in South America that has made the difference. The world owes it to Chavez after Castro.
      Palestine is not about Islam It covered many Christians and even Jews.. The Palestinian identity is secular unlike the one that the state Israel has.

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    Mallaiyuran.

    I agree with you. Swastika Arulingam, a young Lady Lawyer has expoused many causes.. She was seen even at the Aragalaya at Galle Face . Also she has critiqued,with sound arguments the Anti Terrorism Bill and also other intended Legislation. Very admirable. As for the students at the Jaffna University they are behaving like frogs in a well. Swastika,like innumerable others have their own views of the LTTE.

    Indian MP Tharoor who was invited by the Oxford Union was very critical of Britain in their rule over India. The students gave him a patient hearing and applauded at the end of his speech.

    The UOJ will do well to have an open mind to views rather than be dogmatic about the LTTE……

    As to the Palestinian issue very little is being done to ameliorate the woes of those innocents caught up in this wretched War.It seems to be Genocide to a finish………….

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    Looking at the murders Hamas and Israel are committing and the support of the USA to Israel brings tears to my eyes. How can any sane person kill over 9,000 innocent children, men, and women? UN has shown beyond any doubt that it is a “spent force”, there is no point in continuing with the UN as long as the present structure of the Security Council’s decision-making procedure exists. It’s time for the Middle Eastern countries to form their own NATO-type organization be independent of any other such bodies and make their own decisions.

    The USA for its own benefit, especially to keep its economy functioning will ensure there are wars all over the world. If the USA does not build and sell arms its economy will fail. Until this war started and the USA took sides, I was a supporter of the Democratic Party, now I am not. I feel the USA has the worst President and the dumbest Secretary of State. They have children, how can they watch other parents’ children being killed like this?

    Every country in the world has to pass “war crimes bills” in their own countries and shoud charge any American, Israeli, Hamas, Hisbulla or any other faction that joins this war under their own law and punish them. There is no point in looking at UN to do this.

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      “Every country in the world has to pass “war crimes bills” in their own countries and shoud charge any American, Israeli, Hamas, Hisbulla or any other faction that joins this war under their own law and punish them.”
      The catch is that each will have a waiting list of local killers before foreigners have a chance.

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    Israel is desperate. It has no military strategy to defeat Hamas in Gaza. Its “Elephant vs Bullet Ants” Military Operation that crushed Gazan grass is already a failure. On top of that, Israel’s own citizens want their Prime Minister out.
    What is dangerous is, Israel’s continuous massacre of innocent civilians may drag “Army Ants” to the scene. There is news that someone has thrown a slipper onto the TV screen that telecast Hezbollah’s ‘lame’ speech (not my words) which shows that there is increased pressure for “Army Ants” to stop the “Elephant” from crushing Gaza if there is no immediate ceasefire.
    Israel has bombed refugee camps, hospitals (yes!), schools, residential buildings, mosques, churches, bakeries and ambulances killing 9,488 civilians and injuring 24,158 (source: Aljazeera). This death toll does NOT include those who died from starvation, dehydration, trauma, heart attacks, lack of medication, inhalation of toxic dust and dead bodies still under the rubble. If all combined, the death toll could be approximately 13,000???
    Israel has made the densely populated entire Gaza Strip a battle zone. By October 26, the IDF had dropped 7,000 US-made bombs targetting civilians in Gaza. So far, Israel has failed to attack a single Hamas secret-hideout.

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    The United States underestimated the Global South and the power of the people of colour. As everyone can see, for the third consecutive weekend, there are massive demonstrations in all major capitals in the world in support of Palestine. They demand an immediate ceasefire.
    US governments were of the view that if they support a country the world would blindly follow them. They thought the world would care about them. As obvious, the US is isolated in support of their position in the Israel-Gaza genocidal war against Palestine. This is the new world we live in.
    For decades, the students were taught that Israel was the victim. Today, they see the truth. American mothers lament when they see thousands of Palestinian children who are at the age of their own children being killed right in front of their eyes. They want the Gaza carnage to stop.
    On the positive side, the world stands by Palestine; the world stands by humanity; the world stands by peace.
    I give my unwavering support to Palestine.

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    There is a dumb argument that there was a ceasefire in Palestine before October 6. Was there? A recent UN Report proves the opposite. This is an excerpt from the report.
    Quote: “Israeli forces have escalated the use of deadly force in recent years across the West Bank, while attacks by Palestinians also rose. He (the UNSG) said Israeli security forces killed 304 Palestinians, including 61 boys and 2 girls, in the West Bank and east Jerusalem during the two-year period ending May 31.” Unquote
    .
    This is another excerpt from an OHCHR Report on Israel.
    Quote: “GENEVA (15 December 2022) – UN experts* condemned the rampant Israeli settler violence and excessive use of force by Israeli forces against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank this year that have made 2022 the deadliest in this area of the occupied Palestinian territory since the United Nations started systematically documenting fatalities in 2005.” Unquote
    .
    Some analysts try to portray that Israel was born on October 7, 2023 and very innocent.
    This cartoon provides an insight into the depth of the Palestinian question.
    https://www.ada.lk/cartoon/2023-10-09/14-406085
    Israel waged a genocidal war against Palestinians who have nothing to do with the October 7 attack on Israel.

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    A Ceasefire Now!!!
    A “humanitarian ceasefire” should be declared in Palestine immediately. It should be a “unilateral ceasefire”. I don’t see a war between Hamas and Israel. What I see in the Gaza Strip is a one-sided barbaric bombing of innocent Palestinians and that is what has to be stopped by declaring a “humanitarian ceasefire” immediately.
    The United States is at its weakest moment. How could they control their opponents if they are not able to control even their allies and partners? Mr. Biden has made 10 phone calls with the Israeli PM so far. State Secretary Antony Blinken had to make a personal visit to the Israel PM to convince him to “pause” civilian massacre in Palestine only to be snubbed. How pathetic.
    Israel is dependent on the US. Therefore, the US President should be able to tell the Israeli PM to stop the Gaza carnage with one phone call. Anyway, that doesn’t mean the megalomaniac should return to power. Mr. Biden is a good person. But, he is confused and slow in taking decisions.
    Contd’…..

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      John Kirby says ceasefire is out of the question because it will give an opportunity for Hamas to regroup. Well, Hamas is already grouped with powerful weapons. They seem to be bidding for time for some reason.
      If a unilateral “humanitarian ceasefire” in Gaza is declared, Israel and Hamas both should release their hostages at the earliest.
      Israel is holding approximately 5,000 Palestinian hostages, out of which, 160 are children. Hamas is holding 242 Israeli hostages, out of which, 30 are children.
      A “humanitarian ceasefire” will;
      1) stop the massacre of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and occupied West Bank,
      2) end the siege on Gaza, and
      3) also provide an opportunity to release hostages on BOTH SIDES. Only the US President Mr. Joe Biden can make it happen! Godspeed. Sincerely,

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